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  1. Hi all, Last week after a backflush my barista express started to leak water out of the top of the portafilter when pulling a shot. I called sage and they told me to buy a new ring gasket so I did, arrived today but it's still doing it... Anyone have any ideas what to do now? IV been thinking about changing the machine anyway but would like to fix it up and sell it rather than just throw it out... Machine pulls two shots a day, IV had a it about 2 years and I bought it as a refurb on eBay so it's probably had good use... Any idea on what the issue could be, now that the o ring has been changed?
  2. Hi folks. I'm looking for general observations, if anyone has any thoughts to offer! Had my Barista Express for about a year and a half. Don't regret the purchase for a moment! Have enjoyed learning the 'coffee basics' without taking it too seriously. I have measured, timed and recorded ratio from time to time, but not always. Have bought only freshly roasted beans either online or locally. Also got a taster gift for my 50th; 12 small packs over 6 months; very educational in itself. Have produced some shockingly awful extractions, but can, sometimes with help of milk(!), make something palatable with most beans. Learnt to make a drinkable espresso with my favourite bean in particular. Here are my questions: 1. There are 20 grind settings on the machine, yet anything outside number 5 to number 8 is either under or over extracted. I can't imagine ever needing to use the extreme settings. Is this everyone's experience or I am going awry? 2. Similarly, anything outside 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock on the grind delivery amount would appear to produce far more than the portafilter would ever need, no matter what the grind size setting, and I don't see how I would ever need the extreme settings. Again, as with the grinder, is it everyone else's experience that grind amount only ever requires the use of a restricted range of the overall dial settings available? Or I am missing something, and if so, what might that be? Does anyone have a gem of wisdom to offer; maybe something I should try in terms of setting combinations? Thanks in anticipation!
  3. I need help - ever since getting a new rubber cleaning disc from Sage the "clean me" function doesn't seem to work. Formally, large amounts of "soapy" water would collect in a bowl but now barely a few drops of brown liquid. Could it be a faulty disc - I've tried two already - or something else? Please help
  4. The manual with the Barista express says a double expresso should have 14g of coffee and will produce 60ml in 20 to 25 seconds. Surely that will be a very weak expresso? What is that, just over 1:4, isn't expresso around 1:2 plus or minus? I use a 17g dose for a single shot getting about 36ml of coffee (I re-programmed it). I don't use the double shot since I can't fit anywhere near 30g of coffee in the double basket if I want the same 1:2 ratio given the approx 60ml yield. I'm new to this so am I missing something? Thanks
  5. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-SES875BKS-The-Barista-Express-Machine-Black-Sesame-Integrated-FREE-SHIPPING/323691281764?hash=item4b5d80fd64:g:BPoAAOSwo~dcYiiS
  6. Where should it be located? Attempting to register the warranty, and maybe I'm going daft in old age but I searched the machine and can't seem to find the white sticker shown in Sage's help page. Wouldn't surprise me if they intentionally make it difficult to find....
  7. I've had my Barista Express for around a month now and have gotten mixed results - my latest problem is that I'm getting sour shots and fast pours, despite the fact that I'm doing, as far as I understand, all I can to prevent this, but I realise this might just be my own ignorance as I am new to Espresso in general: From the start I found that I was using the finest grind setting in order to not get an overly fast shot, and I'm also tamping very hard. Despite this, I'm getting sour shots and fast extractions... To me this seems strange - my strategy was to try and choke the machine and then work backwards, making the grind coarser/tamping softer until I hit the sweet spot... As a guide, I'm using 18g of coffee and aiming for 36g out, in around 30 seconds... Not having any more luck with single basket - if anything, even less consistent with that. After getting decent results for a while with some Coffee Compass Sweet Bourbon (fairly dark) I tried some Rave Brazilian S/O beans, a medium roast I'd say, and now I'm just getting sourness... Any suggestions? EDIT 1: Doing some reading, perhaps I am tamping too hard and this is causing the distance between the coffee and group head to be too far? Would this explain the sourness/fast pour? Maybe this is also why I'm getting a puddle of water/wet pucks? Will try and adjust this tomorrow...
  8. Hi Everyone I'm just wondering if any of you have experimented with different dose sizes into the 54mm double basket (single wall, obviously) on the Barista Express? I have only started playing with weighing in/out and have only tried 18g in so far, 1:2 ratio pull, 30s but it's too acidic for me. I went finer on the grind by one notch and it goes out to 45s and too bitter and too 'heavy'. So wondered if any of you have tried different doses to any great effect? Cheers
  9. Hello all, this is my first post so go easy! I'm looking at upgrading my Delonghi EC820.B to something a bit more substantial. I've settled on Sage as a preferred option but at the moment I'm torn between going for a Barista Express or going for the separates option and getting the Duo-Temp Pro and the Smart Grinder Pro. Both options are in the same price range so cost isn't an issue. I was initially looking at the BE but from my limited research it sounded like its better to go for a coffee machine and separate grinder? I'm not really limited in terms of worktop space so the size isn't an issue either. Any advice/guidance you could give would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance
  10. jomo

    Which machine?

    Hi everyone, At the minute I have a built-in Siemens bean to cup machine which John Lewis have agreed to exchange for me as it in unable to heat milk to an acceptable level. I've never been particularly happy with the coffee it produces either. Anyway, I quite like the look of the Sage machines they stock. At first I thought I'd exchange it for the Barista Express and have the difference refunded but after reading more into it, a lot of people are saying the grinder isn't really up to the job so now I'm leaning more to the Dual Boiler and a separate grinder. Would this be a better option than the Oracle as I presume it's grinder may not be as good as a separate one? On the other hand would these machines be overkill for someone who only make a couple of drinks per day (normally latte)? I pretty new to this so any help would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Hi After much frustration with inconsistent results from my cheap DeLonghi burr grinder and aging Dualit Espressivo machine I decided to upgrade to the Barista Express. I just wanted to thank all the people who have posted info on the Barista Express. If anyone is interested, I've ordered it from Lakeland and they price matched it down to £449.
  12. Hi, I've just bought this machine and I'm looking for compatible water filters. It looks like Sage have updated the machine because my water filter looks completely different from what's on the Sage website: https://www.sageappliances.com/gb/en/parts-accessories/accessories/bwf100uk.html What I have looks more similar to this: http://www.delonghi.com/en-gb/products/coffee/coffee-makers/coffee-accessories-gifts/waterfilter-softener-5513292811 I can't seem to find a filter like this on the Sage website for my maker. Since it's a proprietary filter it'll probably be more expensive than the standard charcoal tables. I can see that Sage sells replacement water filter holders. https://www.sageappliances.com/gb/en/parts-accessories/parts/sp0020024.html https://www.sageappliances.com/gb/en/parts-accessories/parts/sp0020026.html Could I retrofit this into my maker and use old style tables to save on the cost?
  13. I have had the Barista Express for about 2.5 years. Recently I have had issues with the extraction. It continues to extract my coffee fully and it wont stop until there's no water left in the machine. I have descaled the machine and back washed it. I have used different grinds and beans and the issue is still occurring. It is possible to stop it manually with the button. Anyone have any idea what is going on?
  14. Hi, I bought the machine last week from AO ebay and it was advertised as BES875, the outer carton box also says BES875UK. However, I've tried registering the machine with Sage and the bottom sticker says BES870? What are the differences between the two machines? Have I been sent previous model?
  15. So.. I got a DTP a few months ago and got to a position where I was turning out .. DECENT .. coffee, but not great. The downfall was my grinder. I couldn't justify to my wife that I would spend another £200 on a grinder when we're saving for honeymoon. So I have managed to buy a second hand Barista Express for £200 from a girl who bought a sandwich shop but didn't want a coffee machine.. would say its around 6 months old and not really had much use at all. Only thing I would say is that it hasn't been cleaned particularly often so I've gutted it and it literally is like new but I may look to getting it serviced soon if that is an option. Managed to sell my DTP for what I paid for it (second hand) £150, so I'm out of pocket £50 but have a £600 machine. Now my thoughts.. The quality of espresso I'm turning out is 10x better than the DTP, do I think it is anything other than the fact the in built grinder is also 10x better than the bodum bistro? Honestly I do not, I imagine if I had a SJ grinder or similar the coffee would be as good (if not better). The bistro itself wasn't a bad grinder if all I was grinding was a very dark italian roast, but anything lighter and it couldn't grind fine enough. So the purpose of my rambling is not for any other reason than for anyone looking to decide between the BE and DTP .. I have had both, if you have a decent/good grinder and a DTP you likely won't need a BE, but if you have a poor/average grinder then the BE may be the best bet if you get a bargain like me! Would be interested in hearing others thoughts if you have had both!
  16. Firstly sorry for long first post, I've been researching through this forum for a while now and have picked up lots of handy advice, however I wanted to check I've understood correctly and also gauge some opinions based on current pricing. Originally I was looking to pick up BE from Amazon for £390 which seemed like a good place to start upgrading from a Nespresso machine. Well reviewed and seemed good value for money compared to the BP and Touch. Now Costco is offering the BP for £449 which offers the Thermojet faster heating, a more powerful steam wand, more steps on the grinder, and subjectively a nicer overall package. Seems to be worth the current price difference and backed up by the recent thread on here comparing the BP to BE. I've seen people recommend a separate grinder and espresso machine to make it potentially easier/cheaper to upgrade in the future, so I also had a quick look at the SGP paired with Bambino. Through Curry's and Costco the total cost is £315 (£115 & £199). While I personally think the BE & BP look better than the Bambino and STP combined, I'm now thinking this may be the better option. Apart from the cheaper cost and ability to upgrade the grinder in a few years, it seems the Bambino has: The Thermojet heating from the BP. Now offers a non-pressurised basket which seemed previously like a deal-breaker to me. Has the steam wand with auto-milk texturizing from the Touch with the option to use manually if wanted. In fact apart from the cheaper Portafilter (I'm not sure what it is now shipping with since adding the unpressured basket), and with people saying the grinders are all basically the same, I'm struggling to see a technical reason to pick the BE, BP or Touch over the Bambino plus SGP!?!? What have I missed ?
  17. Hi, Have been looking at buying an espresso machine and looking for some advice on the best entry level option. Our budget is around £500-£800. Currently we don’t own a machine at all, just use a bialetti moka pot, a milk frothing jug and a we have this Cuisinart grinder: https://www.johnlewis.com/cuisinart-dbm8u-auto-burr-coffee-grinder/p230858168?sku=230858168&s_kwcid=2dx92700044582398773&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq72R75Dm4gIVmK3tCh28QgyxEAQYASABEgL2hvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Initially we were looking at something like the sage barista express: https://www.johnlewis.com/sage-barista-express-bean-to-cup-coffee-machine-with-milk-jug-stainless-steel/p3495241 but we’ve found quite a few bad reviews of these on amazon and are worried that they may be a pricey ‘style over substance’ option? As well as this the general consensus is that an integrated grinder is a bad idea (if it breaks it can’t be repaired and they don’t tend to be as good as a separate). Or is it the case that this might be fine for our needs and the online reviews/opinions can be taken with a pinch of salt? We aren’t really connoisseurs. One concern we have is the heat-up time on whatever we decide to go for. On weekends especially we tend to drink coffee throughout the day, so waiting 30 mins for a machine to heat up isn’t ideal… Having trawled through some forums the gaggia classic and rancilio silvia seem to be the most mentioned entry level machines for best ‘coffee shop’ results. We’ve been looking around though and have seen a few others that catch our eye (a lot of this is mainly down to aesthetics, as my girlfriend wants one that looks nice on the bench too): https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/ascaso-versatile-dream-pid-polished-wood-5.html https://www.bellabarista.co.uk/brands/ascaso-versatile-dream-pid-polished-wood.html https://www.thecoffeemate.co.uk/p/refurbished-traditional-espresso-coffee-machine-lelit-anna-pl41tem/ https://www.thecoffeemate.co.uk/p/traditional-coffee-machine-lelit-grace-pl81t/ https://www.thecoffeemate.co.uk/p/coffee-machine-lelit-victoria-pl91t/ Does anyone have any experience with the ones above and how they compare with the gaggia classic or rancilio silvia? The ascaso ones in particular look very nice. Finally (and I think I already know what the response will be here) – should we think about getting a new grinder too? And any recommendations on those? Thanks in advance!
  18. Hello all, Barney here and new to the forum. Been reading things on here for sometime and thought with my new machine I would join up and get involved. I had had my Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 4000.b for sometime. I had taken the thing apart and refurbished the brewing unit a couple of times. I had always felt put off by the access for cleaning of the tamper and grinder. I had seen the sage machines and had been wanting the B.E. for along time. Honestly if I could afford it I'd love the rocket but one must live within there means. I had been using the Lavazza Super crema with the Delonghi but now that I have the new machine I have decided to get some artisan beans and dive into the culture a bit more. I have now had the sage for 2 days and I am super impressed with the steam wand compared to the rubbish that's on the Delonghi. I can actually get textured milk from this. Also it is much nicer to have more control with a portafilter and group head rather than the fully auto brew units on other machines. I really need to work on my tamping as it seems to be the only thing making my pulls slightly inconsistent. The shots have been fine but have varied in time from 3-6 seconds from infusion begining to pouring starting and overall time at 22-30 seconds. This is keeping the grind settings and grind weight the same (18g for 60ml). I have scales on route so I can measure my output in grams. Once I start with that I may experiment with programming the preset buttons. Anyways it's great to be on hear and there is a vast amount of tips and knowledge to soak up. Thank you for having me Barney I would add picsbut doing this on phone and can't drag and drop selected attachment, pics should be on my profile.
  19. In deciding between the Barista Express and Dual Temp Pro, I was wondering if the grey plastic cover on the BE, in which the portafilter sits when filling the basket with coffee, can be removed? The reason being - I intend to use my existing grinder for espresso, but wondered about using the inbuilt BE grinder for a cafetiere. So a second question is can the BE inbuilt grinder be adjusted all the way to cafetiere coarseness? Thanks
  20. I've had to feel my way on this a machine as a lot of web info is useless - main guidance available for it is to obtain a 30ml shot so I posted an Amazon review that may help new comers but like I said I'm new to this and still wonder about several things. I tend to type too much so will just copy paste most of the review. I've missed out the part about Sage Uk's spares pages compared with Breville in the USA for the identical machine. Any comments. Am I going in the wrong direction anywhere? One thing I have noticed is lack of a really heavy crema but suspect that is down to beans as I can get a lot more of it with Lavazza ground coffee. Not that I need one for a long black but might improve my wife's capachinoes also latte's. I roasted a few robusta beans out of curiosity and that did produce a lot more crema but it didn't last long. I make some really weird typo's at time when thinking as I type - hope the posts lacks thses. John -
  21. Looking for a used but well maintained Sage Barista Express. Many thanks, Scott.
  22. Called Sage about my PF coming off and they suggested a new seal, but they've sent me what looks like a Barista Express one. [ATTACH=CONFIG]14845[/ATTACH] The smaller one obviously.
  23. GrahamS

    Sage Infuser

    If you don't want the built in grinder on the Barista Express, it's the Infuser you want. Just checked with Sage, they have no plans to introduce this model to the UK:( Just in case anyone wondered.
  24. Spotted the Barista Express on the BBC's 'Saturday Kitchen', wonder if they get any use out of it, or if it's just there for show.. Link to original video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1206582/James-Martin-engulfs-studio-smoke-LIVE-Saturday-Kitchen.html
  25. Hey guys, I recently got a Barista Express during the Christmas Period and I've ran into an issue, water doesn't come out of the group head at a normal rate anymore. When I remove the portafilter and run water through it the water barely even grips through. This started happening yesterday. Today I decided to clean everything, I removed the shower screen thingy and cleaned everything with the hopes that this will make a difference, it didn't. Water runs through the hot water spout and steam arm completely normally but not through the group head. I haven't de-scaled and I haven't used one of those tablets that came with the machine. I was waiting on that "clean me" light to turn on even though I've been using it for a 1 Latte most days. What do you suggest I do? I've read the manual and says I should de-scale with 50/50 White vinegar and Cold Water, I think this is what I'll do first. Have any of you had this issue and do you have any advice on what to do? Thanks in advance, Ryan
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